Arsenal boss makes contact with Barcelona star over potential transfer

Mikel Arteta has been on the phone with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic over his potential move to Arsenal this summer.

His current club have already moved to sign two central midfielders ahead of the new season in Miralem Pjanic and Matheus Fernandes, potentially opening the door for the Croatian to make a switch.

Rakitic has only one year remaining on his contract, and the DailyStar claims that he is set to leave the club.

Le10 Sport adds that our manager Arteta has moved to talk to the Barcelona midfielder on the phone over a potential deal, with the manager supposedly telling him that he wishes for Rakitic to be the focal point of our midfield.

After winning the FA Cup on Saturday, our club assured that we would be playing in Europe going into the new season, and without that we may well have struggled to attract players of his calibre.

Rakitic has been with Barcelona for the last six seasons having made the switch from Seville in the summer of 2014, and has been a key figure in their midfield throughout.

The star also played a key role in helping his country to reach the final of the World Cup in 2018, and would bring a wealth of experience to our young and exciting squad.

It remains to be seen whether we will be able to strike a deal to bring Rakitic to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but there is little doubt that he could rapidly improve our side, albeit not in the long-term.

Would Ivan be suited to the Premier League?


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  1. In my opinion, if Coutinho accepts a pay cut, he is the only player Arsenal really needed (in exchange for Mattéo Guendouzi)! Arteta should move in this direction!

    1. Thomas Partey is the player Arsenal need; at €50 million buy out clause, he is a steal and could well be the most important buy this decade, with the exception of Aubameyang.

  2. I don’t think this is a good deal if true, does not make sense to me at all. He has achieved everything that needs to be achieved over there, he won’t be motivated enough for our rebuild, this is not MLS.
    We have to avoid this by all means

  3. He’s well past his prime. Don’ think this move would make sense. Wonder how this link came about.

  4. Arsenal should try to sign Partey, Coutinho and Sarr. That will make us title contenders, considering the squad we already have, with Arteta instilling in them strength of conviction and belief, but most importantly the Board must do everything in its power to make Auba sign a new long term contract.

  5. rakitic is a good and experienced player but he can not solve the problem of our team. To me I think Thomas partey and Philippe coutinho plus one central defender will put arsenal in the contest come next season

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